Services Offered by Faculty Ombuds and Faculty Relations Director
|Faculty Ombuds||Director of Faculty Relations|
|Assists in managing any conflict between a faculty member and any others in the university community, including faculty colleagues, administrators, students, staff, and post-doctoral appointees.||Assists in managing any conflict between a faculty member and administrators, faculty colleagues, post-doctoral appointees, and graduate students on appointment.|
|Never conducts formal investigations of faculty. Assists all parties in recognizing and evaluating the range of options to manage and resolve conflicts.
||At request of academic administrators, conducts formal investigations of allegations of inappropriate, disruptive, or unacceptable conduct or behaviors on the part of faculty.
|Always confidential except in situations involving “imminent risk of serious physical harm.”||Confidential to the extent possible – until an investigation appears to be necessary (similar to Office of Discrimination and Harassment).|
|Provides the following services:
||Provides coaching and advice to faculty members and academic administrators.(See Faculty Relations brochure for specifics).|
|Guided by the International Ombudsman Association Standards of Practice, which include confidentiality, impartiality, informality, and independence.||Guided by the Memorandum of Understanding with the Provost.|
|Keeps no written records of those who initiate a request for assistance or those about whom complaints are made; keeps only general information on issues raised and number of people assisted.||Keeps records with names in a file and/or database, including names of those requesting assistance and those about whom complaints are made.|
|Is not required to report allegations involving criminal conduct, harassment, discrimination, etc. Reports only situations involving “imminent risk of serious harm.”||Is required to report allegations involving criminal conduct, harassment, discrimination, etc.|
|Resists giving testimony in any situation.||Provides testimony if requested by University Counsel, administration, or if subpoenaed.|